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now. >>> guns, immigration, defense, the battle lines are drawn. and the first fights are being fought over the president's second term agenda. former congresswoman gabrielle giffords returns to testify on gun control. her husband, former astronaut, mark kelly, tells me how she prepared for that emotional event. >>> and sunday super bowl, featuring a rivalry between two brothers. we want to welcome our viewers from around the world. i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room". >> we're a little over a week away from president obama's state of the union address before congress. but the battles over many of the president's top priorities already are in full swing on capitol hill. both the president and lawmakers started a new push for immigration. this past week, also featured contentious hearings on u.s. defense policy and on slowing the epidemic of gun violence in america. we'll take a closer look at guns, first beginning with vice president joe biden's admission after meeting with democratic lawmakers on capitol hill. >> nothing we're going to do is going to fundamentally alter o
, particularly younger ones, who say let's cut the defense budget, let those automatic spending cuts take place, and there are lots of senior republicans who say, not so fast. so that's going to be a problem within the republican party as we look ahead. >> where does karl rove and his new super pac fit into that? >> did you ever think republicans would call him a rhino, republican in name only. here you go. i've always thought of karl rove as a conservative. what's going on is his pac has said, you know what, we are tired of someone associated with his pac said to me, quote, the novelty of losing elections has worn off, and what they've decided to do is to start putting their money in primaries. they want to vet republican primary candidates so that by the time they get to the general election they believe they have qualified vetted candidates who can actually win. conservatives are saying, this is not what you should do. you need to let the process work itself out and american crossroads is saying, don't sacrifice ideological purity here. you can't worship at that. what you really need to do i
on a spending plan. the troops usually are happy to see defense secretary leon panetta, smiles and handshakes all around. but days before he leaves office, panetta has bad news. he's proposing less money in their paycheck next year. panetta, a savvy washington operative in budget politics, is leaving it to congress to figure out how not to cut pay and keep thousands of defense employees on the job. >> we will furlough as many as 800,000 d.o.d. civilians around the country for up to 22 days. they could face a 20% cut in their salary. you don't think that's going to impact on our economy? >> but the recommendation to slow the military pay raise will put troops in the middle of that political fight between congress and the president over spending. >> he should be looking out for soldiers, sailors, airmen marines that he sends into harm's way. >> panetta is proposing just a 1% increase in troop pay for 2014. according to internal pentagon calculations, it should have been at least 1.7%, which was the increase this year. it may not be a huge deduction, but it's badly needed cash for strapped milit
, if you will. she was active with the children defense fund. i was there at an event in chicago in 1992 where she caused a huge stir campaigning for bill clinton when she said, what do you expect me to do? stay home and bake cookies and have tea? a lot of housewives took offense to that. look, she saved his campaign during the jennifer flowers outbreak, she saved his presidency during the monica lewinsky by standing by him and becoming a force of her own when she left the senate and then helped the obama administration. she's been so critical in the last two democratic presidential campaigns. one, of course, her husband and then the first african-american, never been a ceo, didn't have much experience in the united states senate. a remarkable figure. the question now, of course, is what next? >> i give him a lot of credit for reaching out to his formal rival for the democratic nomination, trusting her to be the secretary of state. she's done an excellent job over the last four years. she'll rest a little bit, write a book, do some good deeds. i don't think this is the final chapter in h
. in washington thursday, defense secretary leon panetta wasn't talking. >> did iran hack our drone, mr. secretary? >> most alarming will be if iran's claim is true that it dekripted a video from one of america's most secret aircraft. >> looking at the video, it certainly seems to be genuine but i think it's a give away that you can see that the video in places is masked by what looked like frames in a glass cover. >> since it captured in the drone in 2011, iran has embraced the propaganda value, even making a pink toy replica. >> these things are being done for internal consumption. they are being done to show the people that the iranian military is on the case, technically advanced and taking care of their needs. >> an embarrassment for the u.s. iran says it brought down the drone. u.s. officials only confirmed a drone lost control while on a mission over iran. at the time, president obama asked iran to return it. >> we have asked for it back. we'll see how the iranians respond. >> and the iranians, of course, never gave it back. the experts we talked to said the simplest explanation may be thon
good-bye to his defense secretary. we're going to get back to cape cod in a moment. the president used his farewell ceremony to issue another dire warning about the potential impact of automatic spending cuts set to take effect just three weeks from now. >> there is no reason, no reason for that to happen, putting our fiscal house in order calls for a balanced approach, not massive, indiscriminate cuts that could have a severe impact for military preparedness. tough talk from the president. this is a huge issue. >> right. following on the talk earlier this week from the secretary of defense, the outgoing secretary defense panetta who said, look, this is not a game. this is reality. he said there's going to be furloughs at the pentagon, the pay increases for the troops will not be as large as he would like, and then the president today added on to them, said, look, this is going to affect seniors, food safety, the poor. so what they are setting themselves up for is really this argument they are set to have and i think we're going to hear from the state of the union, over these automatic
a little while. they have a pretty big government to run. they're trying to confirm a defense secretary. they're trying to actually pass important gun safety laws. maybe they didn't have enough time to rummage around for old pho photos. it's not big enough to be a disgrace but it's an embarrassment. even for many in the media who operated from the presumption that our president was lying. now, he wasn't talking about wmds. he was just talking about a shotgun he used at camp david. now we have proof he was telling the truth. it's an embarrassment. >> this wasn't media, it was marshal blackburn, the republican congresswoman from tennessee who said, well, if he is doing it, why isn't there a picture. >> an absurd long piece in "the washington post" allegedly fact check. it was really an embarrassment to a great paper. >> what do you think? >> he should invite marsha blackburn to camp david to see if she can, in fact, beat him. he should laugh this off, he should play with it. i don't understand why they released the picture. i'm not sure what the purpose of releasing the picture is. certai
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